John 'Pip' Meighan
|Debut:||02-Dec-45, Leinster Cup, (A) v. Shelbourne|
Dublin-born right-fullback Johnny ‘Pip’ Meighan came to Dundalk from Shamrock Rovers in the winter of 1945 and replaced the veteran Norman Millar after a run of defeats had scuppered hopes of a first Shield win. He made his debut in a Leinster Cup game against Shelbourne, but the 6-2 loss in advance of the commencement of the League did not augur well for League prospects.
However, Johnny retained his place through the opening four League matches, until he suffered a broken rib. When he was fit to return the defence had been retooled and he played the season out with the reserves, getting just two late season first team call-ups. He was a member of the successful Reserve squad that won the Metropolitan Cup.
Previously with St James’s Gate and with Bohemians, he later played with Transport and was at the veteran stage when he captained them to FAI Cup victory over Cork Athletic in 1950 after an action-packed three-game marathon. He later became a leading League of Ireland referee.