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:

Reinvigorated Antlers looking to rule J. League again

Apr 9, 2014

Reinvigorated Antlers looking to rule J. League again

It has been a few years since Kashima Antlers could rightly be described as the team to beat in the J. League, but this season’s early form suggests the seven-time champions are fast recovering their old aura. Antlers lead the table after six games ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 6, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

Antlers rally for win

Mar 29, 2014

Antlers rally for win

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F . Marinos 3-1 on Saturday as the J. League’s early front-runners went head to head. Yuzo Kurihara put Marinos in front three minutes before halftime at Nissan Stadium with a bullet header, only for Shoma ...

Players push for more action against racism scourge

Mar 24, 2014

Players push for more action against racism scourge

Urawa Reds striker Tadanari Lee has urged Japanese soccer to follow the Premier League’s zero-tolerance attitude toward racism after taking part in the first J. League game to be played behind doors. Urawa drew 1-1 with Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday at an empty Saitama ...

Urawa, Shimizu play to draw in silent Saitama Stadium

Mar 23, 2014

Urawa, Shimizu play to draw in silent Saitama Stadium

Urawa Reds drew 1-1 with Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday in the first J. League game to be played behind closed doors, as punishment for a discriminatory banner hung by Urawa fans earlier this month. Shun Nagasawa opened the scoring in the 19th minute only ...

Urawa prepares for darkest day

Mar 22, 2014

Urawa prepares for darkest day

Urawa Reds will make unwanted J. League history when they take on Shimizu S-Pulse at an empty Saitama Stadium on Sunday, and S-Pulse manager Afshin Ghotbi knows from experience that it will not be an occasion to savor. Reds became the first team to ...

Marinos handle Vortis

Mar 15, 2014

Marinos handle Vortis

Yokohama F. Marinos maintained their perfect start to the J. League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Saturday. Seitaro Tomisawa broke the deadlock with a 14th-minute header at Mitsuzawa Stadium before Sho Ito added a second 15 minutes into ...