With a Scottish Cup final winners medal to add to a top-three league finish, Josh Meekings has been reflecting on an ‘unbelievable’ season.
The 22-year-old Cavendish-raised central defender played his part in Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s 2-1 win over Championship side Falkirk in Saturday’s final at Hampden Park — a victory achieved despite playing from the 75th minute with 10 men and being pegged back to 1-1 with 10 minutes left.
Caley Thistle had already set a new club record by finishing in their highest ever Scottish Premier League position and therefore qualifying for the Europa League for the first time, before bagging a second club record by lifting the cup for the first time.
Meekings said: “If you had told me at the beginning of the season it’s what we would have done I would not have believed you.
“You always have to think you will do well but I think for what we’ve done it’s just been unbelievable and it’s just a credit to everyone at the club.”
With between 20 and 25 friends and family in Scotland for the final, including his mum Fiona, dad Steve, aunties and uncles, the occasion became even more memorable for Meekings, whose family still live in Cavendish and who went to Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill.
Meekings also handed his shirt from the final to his dad.
He said: “With us winning it all just tops it all off, especially for my mum and dad with everything they have done and do for me.
“When you do something like that it’s something they can look on at and hopefully be proud of. It really was such an experience. They don’t come around very often.”
Meekings said the team remained confident of winning the final even after being reduced to 10 men.
“I always thought we could do it because of what the lads have done before in the (League Cup) semi-final last year when I got sent off.
“They were down to 10 men and it went to extra-time and penalties and we still won the game, so i always believed we could do it.”