Andrew Mckirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew Mckirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reds stroll past Gamba

Oct 2, 2016

Reds stroll past Gamba

Urawa Reds moved top of the overall J. League table and exorcized a few demons along the way with a 4-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who had lost their last four games against Gamba, took a sixth-minute lead at Saitama Stadium ...

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

Sep 25, 2016

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki denied teenage sensation Naomi Osaka her first title on the WTA Tour with a 7-5, 6-3 win in the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka was aiming to become the tournament’s first Japanese champion since Kimiko ...

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

Sep 23, 2016

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

Rising teenage star Naomi Osaka reached her first-ever semifinal on the WTA Tour after conquering her demons in a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, who toppled world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova ...

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

Sep 21, 2016

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

Teenage sensation Naomi Osaka claimed her biggest scalp to date after beating world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, whose appearance and playing style have drawn comparisons with her idol Serena ...

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

Sep 20, 2016

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai on Tuesday denied that the league has already decided to return to a single-stage format from next season but confirmed that the idea is under consideration. The J. League last season adopted a two-stage league system with postseason playoffs ...

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima’s 2-2 draw with ...

Joseph digs in for long haul after taking Japan reins

Sep 5, 2016

Joseph digs in for long haul after taking Japan reins

New Japan national rugby team head coach Jamie Joseph has warned fans to expect pain before pleasure as he builds toward the 2019 World Cup on home soil. “I guess there are not many coaches who would come into an international coaching job and ...

Honda slams referee after 'ghost goal' haunts Japan's loss to UAE

Sep 2, 2016

Honda slams referee after 'ghost goal' haunts Japan's loss to UAE

Japan forward Keisuke Honda once again issued a damning verdict on the standard of Asia’s referees after the Samurai Blue were denied a seemingly legitimate goal in Thursday’s 2-1 World Cup-qualifying loss to the United Arab Emirates. Honda, who accused Qatari referee Abdulrahman Hussain ...