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Wrong side of the Pennines

Posted by Noga on May 15, 2004

Hello,
I'm currently translating a documentary about football in England, and I need your help with the following:
"...This thing about Leeds and Manchester, I don't know where it started or why, I don't know if it's a Yorkshire-Lancashire thing or what it is, but *they're on the wrong side of the pennines for a kick-off*"

I understand that the pennines is a region in England, yet I fail to understand the entire sentence. Is it used as an expression or what? Thanks!