Inside Sir Alex Ferguson’s JFK fascination – including gift from Gordon Brown

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The story of JFK and his 1963 assassination gripped people all around the world – including legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

During the reign of the 35th president of the United States, Fergie, now 79 years old, was only in his early 20s.

The Scot was playing part-time football for St Johnstone, struggling to keep down a place in the team while working at his local shipyard.

He couldn't have been further from John F. Kennedy's life in the White House – but he grew a strong connection to the youngest elected president ever.

"I was fascinated with JFK when he was president," Ferguson told Insider.

"People don't maybe recognise the era he lived in, because he had to deal with the Cold War, Vietnam, racism, Medicare, the rail strikes, and Cuba.

"You know, it was an amazing challenge for a young president."

Kennedy had several foreign affairs issues on his plate, including the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis, as America were confronting countries across the globe.

His forward-thinking ways saw him grow in popularity until his tragic death in November 1963.

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As one of the biggest talking points in history, Ferguson couldn't help but be fascinated by the incident.

In his 2013 self-titled autobiography, he wrote: "The killing of John Kennedy in Dallas in 1963 left its mark on me from the day I heard the news.

"Over time I developed a forensic interest in how he was killed, by whom and why.

"For a young lad like me, Kennedy captured the imagination. He was a good looking boy and there was a certain spark about him."

Ferguson maintained his interest of JFK throughout his journey to the Old Trafford hotseat.

And he says the American helped to shape him into a leader as he guided United to 13 Premier League titles.

He even bonded with former UK Prime Minister and fellow countryman Gordon Brown over their shared interest of JFK.

"Gordon sent me 35 CDs on it, which was brilliant of him," Sir Alex told Manchester radio station Key 103 in 2007.

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