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:

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

Feb 28, 2015

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

Gamba Osaka added another title to their bulging collection with a 2-0 win over Urawa Reds in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Gamba won the J. League title, Nabisco Cup and Emperor’s Cup for a remarkable treble last season, meaning last year’s ...

Reysol triumph in extra time against Thai side Chonburi FC

Feb 17, 2015

Reysol triumph in extra time against Thai side Chonburi FC

Brazilian striker Leandro scored a 116th-minute winner to send Kashiwa Reysol into the Asian Champions League group stage after shaking off Thai Premier League side Chonburi FC 3-2 in extra time on Tuesday night. Reysol qualified for the ACL playoff at Hitachi Stadium by ...

JFA leaders take voluntary pay cut in aftermath of Aguirre ouster

Feb 12, 2015

JFA leaders take voluntary pay cut in aftermath of Aguirre ouster

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini will take a voluntary 50 percent pay cut for four months as a show of responsibility for the short-lived reign of scandal-tainted manager Javier Aguirre. JFA secretary-general Hiromi Hara and technical director Masahiro Shimoda will both take 30 ...

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan’s national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that ...

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

Jan 31, 2015

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

Urawa Reds and Japan goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa has urged his teammates to seize the moment over the year ahead after suffering disappointment for both club and country in the last two months. Nishikawa was outstanding as Urawa led the J. League for the majority ...

New Marinos manager Mombaerts ready to get ball rolling

Jan 24, 2015

New Marinos manager Mombaerts ready to get ball rolling

New Yokohama F. Marinos manager Erick Mombaerts says his players have exceeded expectations after one week on the job, and is determined to make a swift start to the 2015 J. League season. Frenchman Mombaerts started work in Yokohama this week after City Football ...