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:

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

/ Mar 4, 2017

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

Urawa Reds picked up their first points of the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who finished top of the overall table last season only to lose the championship final against Kashima Antlers, began the 2017 campaign ...

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 season ...

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 better end to ...

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 Group that owns ...

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 first-place ...