Unable to attend the club’s 140th anniversary dinner in May 2019, when fellow legends Stevie King, Bruce Morrison, Neil Forbes and Jimmy Kemp were also inducted, the intention was for a club representative to catch up with MacDonald face to face at the earliest opportunity.
However, one thing led to another and then lockdown arrived.
So when club ambassador, David Larter recently got the chance to meet up at Northallerton Theatre in Yorkshire, where MacDonald’s daughter, Lauren is currently playing the lead role in Legally Blonde, it was too good a chance to pass up.
In three spells from 1980 to 1998, MacDonald turned out 247 times for the Gable Endies, scoring nine goals.
During his second spell, the winger became a star performer, tormenting numerous defences and attracting much interest from other clubs.
Airdrie paid £35,000 for his services before he went on to play in Italy and Malta.
Returning for his final stint in 1994, he helped the club to promotion.
Larter said: “It was a pleasure and honour to catch up with Innes and present his certificate.
"His place in the hall of fame is thoroughly deserved and it is really unfortunate how circumstances have led to it taking so long to complete the formalities.”
On the field, MacDonald’s former club returned to winning ways at Peterhead on Saturday, returning to Links Park with a 1-0 win.
Montrose, who had Cammy Ballantyne and goalscorer Michael Gardyne sent off in the second half, gave themselves a healthy cushion again between themselves in third place and Queen’s Park in fourth.
That gap is now eight points with just seven league games to play as Mo close in on a promotion play-off spot.
They could even eat into the lead of table toppers Cove Rangers this weekend when the two meet in League One’s match of the day.
Cove will arrive in Angus with a nine point lead over Stewart Petrie’s side.
Montrose have agreed a two-year contract extension with Aaron Lennox, keeping the goalie at Links Park until the summer of 2024.
The 29-year-old has made 55 appearances since arriving from Partick Thistle in the summer of 2019, helping Petrie’s side secure a hat-trick of top four finishes.
The Australian born keeper started his professional career south of the border in 2011 with Queens Park Rangers, before moving north five years later to spend time at Aberdeen and Raith Rovers before signing on at Firhill.
Assistant manager, Ross Campbell said: “We are really pleased to have got this deal over the line. Aaron has been very consistent since he arrived and has played a key role in our recent success.”
Looking to now focus on another exciting campaign run-in, the management team will be content with their recent contract negotiations, which has taken the number of players signed up for next season to 14.