A self-confessed Nottingham Forest fan, Bowyer spent his formative years at the club as a young player plying his trade.
This Saturday the 42-year-old will take charge of Rovers at the City Ground for the first time and he is expecting a tough challenge.
"It'll be a strange feeling walking down the tunnel to be honest," admitted Bowyer. "Taking a 'foreign' team if you like.
"I've got many memories, there's not one that I can isolate and pinpoint. Just loads of happy memories there, good supporters and a great venue to go and play football."
The Rovers boss is under no illusions of the challenge that lies in wait. The hosts go into the game off the back of a nine-match unbeaten record.
"Obviously it is a very difficult place to go," added the manager.
"The resources that they've got and what they've spent so far it is going to be a tough challenge but we go to the game full of confidence off the back of what we've managed to do in the last couple of weeks.
"We are going there to try and win the football match. That is what we've tried to do all season. All our focus is to go there, be competitive and to try and come away with something.
"I think they are probably in a similar sort of position to us in that they probably think they should be higher up the league than what they are.
"Fans expectancy there is automatic promotion, with the size of the club and the resources that they've got it is something that the fans will be demanding and they are in a good position to do it."
Tickets for today's match will be on sale at the City Ground priced £27.00 Adults, £20.00 Seniors (aged 65+), £14.00 Under 18, £8.00 Under 12.