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:

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

Western Force whip Sunwolves

May 7, 2016

Western Force whip Sunwolves

The Sunwolves came crashing back to earth two weeks after their first Super Rugby victory with a 40-22 loss to Australia’s Western Force on Saturday. Akihito Yamada scored a try in the fourth minute to give the Sunwolves hope of following up their historic ...

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both ...