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:

Sunwolves crushed in Super Rugby opener

Feb 25, 2017

Sunwolves crushed in Super Rugby opener

The Sunwolves were handed a rude welcome to their second Super Rugby season with an 83-17 thrashing by the defending champion Hurricanes on Saturday. The Sunwolves went into the game at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground looking for a positive start to their second ...

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

Feb 24, 2017

Antlers looking to defend J. League crown

The following is second of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine highest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIMA ANTLERS Last season: champions (third in overall table) Kashima could not have wished for a ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

Feb 22, 2017

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

Kashima Antlers’ phenomenal end to last season has whetted, not sated, their appetite for more success, insists manager Masatada Ishii. Antlers rose from the ashes of an inconsistent J. League campaign that saw them finish third in the overall table — 15 points behind ...

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Feb 20, 2017

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season. Turkish media last week reported that World ...

Urawa determined to turn 'moral victory' into real triumph

Feb 19, 2017

Urawa determined to turn 'moral victory' into real triumph

Urawa Reds manager Mihailo Petrovic has vowed to use the pain of last season’s J. League championship collapse to fuel his players’ fire in 2017, but still believes his team was last year’s “moral winner.” Reds finished top of the overall table with a ...

Suzuki leads Antlers past Reds in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Feb 18, 2017

Suzuki leads Antlers past Reds in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Substitute Yuma Suzuki scored an 83rd-minute winner as J. League champions Kashima Antlers maintained their dominance over Urawa Reds with a 3-2 victory in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Antlers beat Reds on away goals in last season’s championship final to win ...