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Why was Ayling known as Bill?

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Leeds forward Patrick Bamford speaks about the recent departure of Luke Ayling to Middlesbrough on the My Mate's A Footballer podcast.

"Since I got here, the main captain was Liam Cooper and the vice captain has always been Luke, but we used to call him Bill," said Bamford.

Revealing why Ayling has always been called Bill, Bamford said: "When he was a youngster at Arsenal, there was another player called Luke Freeman, so instead of having two Lukes, Ayling decided he wanted to be called Bill."

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