In 1972, during the great strike, Arthur Scargill rang Dai Francis the leader of the South Wales miners and said,
‘Look, Dai, we need pickets up at Saltley, in Birmingham.’
Dai said, ‘Where’s that?’
‘Yes, we can organise them. When do you want them?’
‘But Wales are playing Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park.’
There was a silence, and Scargill replied,
‘But Dai, the working class are playing the ruling class at Saltley.’
Needless to say a big delegation of miners from South Wales were present at the Battle of Saltley Gate!