Except when you say 'the north', sadly the reality is West Yorks and some of Lancashire.
Well, not quite. We have always had a prescence in East Yokshire, Hull obviously but also Beverley. In Lancashire, we had Lancaster, Morecambe, even Kendal ( If thats in Lancashire ) Around Manchester we had Stockport, Tyldsley, Ratcliffe, Broughton.
In Cheshire, Runcorn were a power at one time.
I must say that the lack of any premier league soccer club is Yorkshire and the demise of lower league soccer in Halifax and Bradford Park Avenue are pleasing developments. Lancashire is another story. Despite the success of Wigan, Saints and Warrington, the game faces huge competiton from soccer in the county palatine.