Julie Welch grew up in Loughton, Essex and was educated at Felixstowe College in Suffolk. In 1973, she became an award-winning sports reporter for the Observer and the first woman in Fleet Street to cover football. Her journalism, on a variety of topics, has featured in many national newspapers and she appears regularly on radio. She wrote the nostalgic football movie Those Glory Glory Days and The Biography of Tottenham Hotspur. Currently she is a contributor to the Guardian and Daily Express.