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:

Ardija shock Reds in derby to end winless spell

/ Apr 30, 2017

Ardija shock Reds in derby to end winless spell

Akimi Barada scored in the 63rd minute as rock-bottom Omiya Ardija stunned J. League-leading local rivals Urawa Reds with a 1-0 win on Sunday. Ardija went into the match at Nack 5 Stadium having endured a dreadful start to the season, losing seven and ...

Golden oldie Miura continuing to surprise teammates

/ Apr 16, 2017

Golden oldie Miura continuing to surprise teammates

Evergreen striker Kazuyoshi Miura may have failed to extend his record as the world’s oldest goal-scorer on Saturday, but his Yokohama FC teammates believe no other player will ever match his achievements. “He’s literally a legend,” defender Calvin Jong-a-Pin said of Miura, who last ...

Utaka eager to strike up bonds at FC Tokyo

/ Apr 5, 2017

Utaka eager to strike up bonds at FC Tokyo

FC Tokyo striker Peter Utaka admits he is pinching himself at the thought of playing alongside all-time J. League top scorer Yoshito Okubo as the capital city club goes in search of its first-ever title. “Yoshito says to me, ‘Oh Uta, I can’t believe ...

Persistent Antlers find a way past Ardija

/ Apr 1, 2017

Persistent Antlers find a way past Ardija

Shoma Doi scored in the 79th minute as Kashima Antlers finally broke down Omiya Ardija’s stubborn resistance to claim a 1-0 win in the J. League on Saturday. Ardija went into the match at Nack 5 Stadium searching for their first points of the ...