Sean Hessey

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Sean Hessey
Personal information
Full name Sean Peter Hessey[1]
Date of birth (1978-09-19) 19 September 1978 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Whiston, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1995–1997 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997 Leeds United 0 (0)
1997–1998 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
1998–1999 Huddersfield Town 12 (0)
1999–2004 Kilmarnock 51 (1)
2004 Blackpool 8 (0)
2004–2008 Chester City 79 (1)
2007–2008Macclesfield Town (loan) 26 (0)
2008–2010 Macclesfield Town 60 (0)
2010–2012 Accrington Stanley 58 (3)
2012–2013 Barrow 30 (0)
2013–2015 Prestatyn Town 25 (2)
2014–2015Marine (loan) 24 (0)
Total 363 (7)
Teams managed
2015–2017 Marine
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sean Peter Hessey (born 19 September 1978 in Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football manager and former professional footballer who played as a defender.


During a career which spanned eighteen years, Hessey played for Liverpool F.C Leeds United, Wigan Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Kilmarnock, Blackpool, Chester City and Macclesfield Town.

Hessey had a fairly successful five-year spell at Scottish club Kilmarnock. However, this was marred by a number of serious knee injuries [2] He scored his first professional goal at Kilmarnock in a 2–1 win over Livingston in September 2003.[3]

Hessey joined Chester after the club were promoted back to the Football League in 2004 and was a first-choice player for much of his first three years at the club, although he quite often missed games because of injury and suspension problems. The most notable was a five-match ban at the start of the 2006–07 season after an incident in the home game against Stockport County the previous season.[4] Hessey has proved to be a versatile player, operating in both central defensive and full back roles and also in a holding midfield spot. He scored twice at Chester; once in a Football League Trophy tie against Rochdale[5] and once in a league match against Rushden & Diamonds.[6]

Chester manager Bobby Williamson, who managed Hessey at Kilmarnock, placed him on the transfer list in the summer of 2007. He did not figure in the Chester 16-man matchday squad in any game for the 2007–08 season and was allowed to join League Two rivals Macclesfield Town on 10 November 2007 in a two-month loan. In January 2008, this was extended until the end of the season.[7]

Hessey followed up his successful loan period by signing a two-year contract with Macclesfield who he went on to captain. He Left the club, along with 10 other players at the end of the 2009–10 season.[8]

He joined Accrington Stanley in August 2010 on a twelve-month contract[9] and signed a 1-year extension at the end of that season. On 14 May 2012 it was announced Hessey had left Stanley after failing to agree a new contract.[10] He spent the 2012–13 season with Barrow AFC in the Conference National, but left at the end of the season after the club were relegated. He moved to Prestatyn Town of the Welsh Premier Division for the start of the 2013–14 season.[11]

Shortly after he joined Marine on loan (initially until January) and made his debut on 30 August 2014 in a 2–1 defeat at home to Buxton.[12] This loan deal was extended, and Hessey subsequently became caretaker manager following the departure of Carl Macauley. An excellent run of form saw Hessey secure the managerial post with 2 games left in the season.[13] The change in form under Sean's leadership saw Marine maintain their place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division for the 2015–16 season


  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
  2. ^ "Killie star's 'freebies' story cost me my job". Daily Record. 5 September 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Killie edge out Livi". BBC. 20 September 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Hessey handed five-match FA ban". BBC Sport. 21 April 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Chester 1–0 Rochdale". BBC. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Chester 3–1 Rushden & Diamonds". BBC. 5 February 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Hessey loan extended". Chester City Official Website. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Macclesfield release Jon Brain but make Rooney offer". BBC Sport. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Deals agreed with two more". Accrington Stanley FC. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Hessey makes Stanley exit". Sky Sports. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Town Sign Hessey (not Messi)". Prestatyn Town FC. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Marine 1 Buxton 2". Marine FC. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Marine appoint Sean Hessey on permanent deal". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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