A forward from Bedford, Barrington played for the Norwich City
youth side but was unlikely to break into the first team. Barrington
had already played for Luton schoolboys and Birmingham were interested
before Norwich signed him after Roy Massey spotted him playing
at the age of 13 for his district side. This could be Kempston
Reds who Barrington played for as a youngster.
At the end of the 1998/99 season, Norwich decided to let Belgrave
go. After a trial spell with Plymouth in which he scored 4 goals
in 2 games for their junior side and made an appearance for the
reserves, Barrington joined the Pilgrims in early June 1999 for
a minimal fee. In March 2000, Barrington went out on loan to Conference
side Yeovil who had been impressed with his appearances for Plymouth's
reserves. This move became permanent after Barrington was released
by Plymouth on 9th May 2000.
Impressing for Yeovil, Barrington was named Conference Player
of the Month for September 2000 and was called up for the FA semi-professional
XI to take on the Southern League. He also interested former Yeovil
manager Dave Webb who was keen to bring Belgrave to Southend.
Sport First claimed on 17th December that Bristol Rovers
were interested in signing Barrington. Southend returned for Belgrave
on Transfer Deadline Day (22/3/01) with a £25000 bid for him,
using money raised from the sale of Martin Carruthers to Scunthorpe.
However Barrington rejected this opting to stay at Huish Park
and attempt to take Yeovil into the Football League although this
plan failed at the last hurdle when Yeovil lost 3-2 to Hereford
on May 1st thus allowing Rushden & Diamonds to walk away with
the Conference title.
Southend manager Dave Webb made a £40,000 bid for Barrington
in June 2001. When this was rejected, Webb apparently turned his
attentions elsewhere with the signing of Jason Harris from Hull.
When this move failed to work out and Francis was released, Webb
returned for Belgrave. Yeovil were only too willing to accept
£40,000 for the striker on 14th September as Barrington was no
longer a first choice striker at Yeovil. Barrington made his football
league debut in Southend's 0-0 draw with Hartlepool on 15th September.
Southend manager Rob Newman announced
on 28th February 2003 that Barrington's contract would not be
renewed for the 2003/04 season. Conference sides Kettering and
Hereford both approached Belgrave during March 2003 with respect
to signing him. However he rejected their overtures. Aldershot
then claimed that Belgrave was to sign for them but the sacking
of Newman meant that Belgrave would stay at Southend and fight
for his future under caretaker manager Stewart Robson. When new
manager Steve Wignall was appointed, he quickly made his mark
on the club and released Barrington at the beginning of May 2003
alongside a number of other reserve team and squad members.
He found a new club at the beginning of June 2003 when he signed
for Conference side Farnborough. This lasted less than a year
with Farnborough releasing Barrington in May 2004. At the beginning
ofJuly 2004, Barrington signed for Lewes along with goalkeeper
Jimmy Glass who famously scored to keep Carlisle in the Football
League a few years earlier.
In July 2005, Barrington could be found on trial with Arlesey
which became a permanent transfer in August 2005.
In July 2006, Barrington trained with Nationwide South club Bedford
Town featuring in two of the Eagles' recent pre-season friendlies,
which have seen Bedford beat Dunstable Town 2-0 and AFC Kempston
Rovers 5-1. Bedford manager Nicky Platnauer said: "Barrington
Belgrave has done well, but you would expect that with the pedigree
he has got. The only unfortunate thing for him is he has got a
suspension carrying over from last season. I've got to agree terms
with Barrington, but that suspension puts a spanner in the works."
The ban means that Belgrave would be unable to play for the first
35 days of the coming season.
In the summer of2007, Barrington signed for St Neots Town of
the United Counties League.